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This is a remarkable article in the Azjournal on October 12:

Taylor Council is Urged to Distance Itself from Sustainable Consortium

I figured at first it was a futile gesture by a lone liberty/sovereignty activist:

Sam Upshaw of the White Mountain Conservatives made a presentation to the Taylor Town Council Oct. 5 regarding concerns about sustainable development and its impact on local communities.

But my jaw practically got a charlie horse in excitement at what happened.  Upshaw made a great presentation on ICLEI and the evils of Agenda 21 (Taylor is not an ICLEI member!) and here’s what the councilmembers said:

Councilman Shawn Palmer thanked Upshaw for “having the fortitude and backbone to step forward. It’s one thing to know about this, it’s another to have the fortitude to share it.”

Councilman Jared Hatch said that he had researched the ICLEI website, then noted, “Going on that website it was–Wow! I appreciate what you’re doing here.”

Councilman Alan Ramage asked Upshaw what Taylor’s involvement was and stated, “I fully agree with what was said, I see neighboring communities are pulling out” of the Northeastern Arizona Sustainable Development Consortium.

Councilman Garry Solomon spoke of all the subdivisions that were going to come into Taylor, stating, “The way they have destroyed all the marketing and housing values…”

WOW!  But there’s a fly in every ointment – the Town Manager:

“Our town council over a year ago, along with other town councils and boards of supervisors, submitted letters of support for an application for a grant,” explained Town Manager Eric Duthie, noting that once the grant was awarded the towns would have to sign up for the consortium. “We haven’t done that because I haven’t brought it to you.

The MAJORITY of the COUNCIL said let’s GET OUT of the sustrainability consortium anyway!  But the Town Manager continued:

“I don’t see how you can formally withdraw from something you have not formally signed on to,” said Duthie in reference to the consortium. He went on to caution the council, stating, “You know nothing about the other side of the story.

“We have not moved forward with this because I have refused to,” said Duthie. “If you want to move forward you need to have a discussion with people on the other side of the organization just so you have the facts.”

I once worked for a city manager, a very fine mentor who almost persuaded me to become a city manager!  He always reminded me that he worked at the pleasure of the COUNCIL!  This town manager needs to stop bringing “the other side of the story” and follow the bosses!  Tell the sustainability consortium NO.  The White Mountains Conservatives website reports that several communities have indeed withdrawn from the Northeast Arizona Sustainability Consortium:  Pinetop/Lakeside! Navajo County!  Show Low!  Holbrook! and even Winslow!  YES WINSLOW, ARIZONA!  (Makes you want to sing that Eagles song right now doesn’t it!)  And another town is considering leaving too:  Snowflake.

I say let’s give a little love to this town council:  Call the Town Hall in Taylor – 928-536-7366!  Tell them that they are right!  Encourage them with a pile of messages.  Let’s also give a nod to the White Mountains Conservatives!  It only takes a few informed activists to win the day!  The prairie fire is spreading – may your town be next!



About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Jean says:

    The mayor and city council should run these towns and bring in knowledgeable people as consultants only when there is a controversial problem. They do not need a city manager. Most city managers have been trained by the very people that want to create problems for the inhabitants. They are just an extra expense for the tax payers and do more harm then good. nter text right here!


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